The gerbil species kept as a pet is the Mongolian Gerbil, also referred to as the desert rat. The Mongolian Gerbil originates from Mongolia and Northern China and is an extremely good digger, digging with its front paws and kicking debris away with its strong hind legs.
Full grown Mongolian Gerbils reach a length of 12-14 cm from nose to the base of the tail and the tail is approximately 8-10 cm in length. The head is broad and short and the tail is covered in fur with a small tuft at the end. The Mongolian Gerbil is a sociable pet appreciating the company of others. Gerbils are active both in the day and night, sleeping at intervals for a couple of hours. Gerbils are good natured and inquisitive making them extremely good pets. The average lifespan is 3-5 years although they can live longer.
The domestication history of Mongolian gerbils.
The scientific classification of Mongolian Gerbils within the Mammalia class.
Biological facts about Mongolian gerbils.
Gerbil behaviour and communication.
Information on why gerbils are a popular pet and the type of owner a gerbil would suit.
Information about colours of Mongolian gerbils.
Information about coat patterns of Mongolian gerbils.